Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

CASA Facilitates Grant for Child Advocates

Monday, Sep 10, 2018



Cindy Wilson enjoys giving back to her community. When the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) learned about a grant opportunity at Palo Alto Networks where she works, she jumped at the chance to nominate Child Advocates.


Cindy contacted Child Advocates to help her complete the application. A few months later, Child Advocates was awarded a $5,000 grant.


“I would encourage other CASAs who work at companies to see if they can apply for a grant to help fund Child Advocates’ programs. To me it’s pretty simple:  If you’re volunteering your time why not raise funds for the organization to make it more impactful?”


Cindy first learned about Child Advocates when she attended a volunteer fair at Palo Alto Networks. After talking with CASA Specialist Mary Kasik about our program, Cindy was intrigued. She had a “soft heart” for children and had even considered adopting or becoming a foster parent. The CASA program seemed like a great opportunity to help children. 


“I wanted a volunteer opportunity where I could see the difference I would be making in a child’s life,” Cindy explained.


Over the years, Cindy has been a CASA to two boys under the age of two.


“I love the one-on-one time I spend with them.  Getting to know the kids and how they’re adapting to life. They make me smile.”


Cindy says her CASA training and help from her supervisor, prepared her to ensure each child was reaching critical milestones for their ages such as walking, maintaining eye contact, speaking, and displaying age appropriate motor skills.

       Cindy Wilson with Judge Shawna Schwarz after being sworn in


“My advice to others considering becoming a CASA is, go in with an open mind. Your supervisor is there to help you. Don’t get discouraged. Two hours of time with a child each week can do wonders for that child.”


We couldn’t agree more. Thank you Cindy for all you do to help improve the lives of foster children in our community!

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